English Language and Composition
The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
The course entails a variety of different skills:
Composing in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about a variety of subjects
Writing that proceeds through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teacher and peers
Writing informally (e.g., imitation exercises, journal keeping, collaborative writing), which helps students become aware of themselves as writers and the techniques employed by other writers
Writing expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions based on readings representing a variety of prose styles and genres
Reading nonfiction (e.g., essays, journalism, science writing, autobiographies, criticism) selected to give students opportunities to identify and explain an author's use of rhetorical strategies and techniques
Analyzing graphics and visual images both in relation to written texts and as alternative forms of text themselves
Developing research skills and the ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources
Conducting research and writing argument papers in which students present an argument of their own that includes the analysis and synthesis of ideas from an array of sources
Citing sources using a recognized editorial style (e.g., Modern Language Association, The Chicago Manual of Style)
Because of the reduced timeframe of the course the Barron's AP English Language and Composition book will be used. In addition, excerpts from a diverse group of non-fiction texts such as Walden and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek will be examined. The emphasis of the course will be to develop students' ability to write effectively.